Estadio El Teniente
|Estadio El Teniente|
|El Mundialista de Rancagua (The World Cup Stadium of Rancagua)
Templo de las Ilusiones (Temple of Illusions)
|Full name||Estadio Parque El Teniente|
|Former names||Estadio Braden Copper Co.|
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
Estadio El Teniente is a multi-purpose stadium in Rancagua, Chile. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium actually holds 15,252 people and was built in 1945 with the name Braden Copper Company Stadium (Estadio Braden Copper Co.). The stadium hosted seven matches of 1962 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is the home stadium for O'Higgins F.C., the team of the city of Rancagua. It is undergoing renovations in preparation for hosting the 2015 Copa América, to be played in Chile.
The stadium, since its construction, was owned by the U.S. copper mining company Braden Copper Company, which operated the mineral-extraction complex "El Teniente".
The designation of the Braden Copper Stadium to host matches in the 1962 FIFA World Cup was due to an emergency. Indeed, the 1960 Valdivia earthquake severely damaged or destroyed facilities in some of the originally-designated host cities of the FIFA World Cup in 1962 including Talca, Concepción, Talcahuano and Valdivia, which caused the original schedule to be discarded and forced its almost complete modification. Further, Antofagasta and Valparaíso were deterred from fulfilling their offers to host because they could not feasibly construct self-funded stadiums, a condition that had been imposed by the Federation due to its own lack of resources. However, given the bleak outlook for the organization, the U.S. mining interests allowed the use of their stadium in Rancagua.
Nationalisation of copper
The Government of Chile acquired in 1967 51% of the shares of Braden Copper Co., as part of the general nationalization of copper, which concluded in 1971. Therefore, the ownership and management of the "Estadio Braden Copper" passed to the state-owned coroporation Codelco Chile, which led to the name change to the current one.
On May 21, 2008, the then-president Michelle Bachelet announced the "Red de Estadios para el Bicentenario", a programme in which w new stadiums were built and upgrades planned for others, among which was the Estadio El Teniente. However, remodeling El Teniente was not executed during the term of Bachelet, although this was projected, due to the 2010 Chilean earthquake.
On September 2, 2012, President Sebastian Piñera announced in Rancagua the final draft of the plans for remodelling the stadium, which will have a capacity of 15 000 spectators.  Construction began on February 19, 2013, and delivery is planned for early 2014.
The Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (ANFP) announced in December 2012 that El Teniente had been selected to host the 2015 Copa América, along with Santiago, Antofagasta, La Serena, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Concepción and Temuco. Host venue contested with the city of Talca, however Rancagua was chosen due to its closer proximity to the Chilean capital.
In the inaugural match, O'Higgins played against Lanús for the week 6 of the 2014 Copa Libertadores. The final result was 0-0, marking the elimination of the club from the competition, as they needed a victory to advance to the next round.
|2014 Copa Libertadores Week 6 8 April 2014||O'Higgins||0 – 0||Lanús||Rancagua, Chile|
|22:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio El Teniente
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brasil)
1962 World Cup
Teams which played in this stadium for the 1962 FIFA World Cup:
|Argentina||1 – 0||Bulgaria|
|Hungary||2 – 1||England|
|Report||Flowers 60' (pen.)|
|England||3 – 1||Argentina|
|Flowers 17' (pen.)
|Hungary||6 – 1||Bulgaria|
|Albert 1', 6', 53'
Tichy 8', 70'
|Hungary||0 – 0||Argentina|
|England||0 – 0||Bulgaria|
|Czechoslovakia||1 – 0||Hungary|
- "Stadiums in Chile". Worldstadiums.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- RSSSF credits this goal to Georgi Asparuhov.